• Races – in 2017 I want to race in minimum of two 10k’s, two Half Marathons, and the Bournemouth Marathon on the 8th October 2017.
  • Training – Using mainly the MAF Test method by Phil Maffetone.
  • Technique – Barefoot Running. Currently wearing Freet Footware – Meta Ayr. 4mm sole, zero drop.
  • Diet – Ketogenic Diet & LCHF, based around a Primal way of eating unprocessed real food.


I was happy with this week’s training, but also nervous about the path I am on. I basically had to start again, with only a couple of 3 mile runs this week. This is to build on my barefoot running. Previously between April and September, I had built up to a longest run of 9 miles in normal running shoes. I also suffered 3 separate calf injuries in this time, and Barefoot running is notoriously hard on your calves to begin with. So I am being really careful. Luckily the marathon I am targeting for my first is not until October 2017. So I have plenty of time to do things properly.

I did 10.72 miles of walking and running this week. I need to up this to 26.2miles next week, which definitely contradicts my slow build criteria in the previous paragraph. However it will include more walking than running. If I can manage to jump to a weekly mileage of 26.2 next week, then I might just carry it on. Slowly doing more running than walking each week. I am hoping to do 26.2 miles next week, as I am a member of Running Heroes UK. The challenge from Monday to Sunday next week, is to complete 26.2 miles in total. If you do this you will be entered into a prize draw for Free Entry in the Paris Marathon. Whilst this is too early for me to run it how I would like, and Bournemouth would still be my primary target…… you should never pass up on a possible excuse to go to Paris!!! There is also a secondary challenge, of running 3 miles 3 times in a week. You are entered in a prize draw for a pair of Nike running shoes of your choice. I am not really interested in Nike running shoes, but I could get them for my wife if I win.

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Training Week – 1st-7th October

Saturday, October 1, 2016


Walk around Kirkham Abbey – 1 mile ish. Walk along the Wolds Way trail – 2 mile ish.

Completed: 3 mi

Post Workout Notes: Nice walk around North Yorkshire while away Camping, with friends.

Sunday, October 2, 2016


Walk around Scarborough. 2 miles ish.

Completed: 2 mi

Post Workout Notes: Nice walk around Scarborough while away Camping, with friends.

Monday, October 3, 2016


Strength Training

Morning Strength and Flexibility Workout

10 minutes meditation. 50 lunges. 50 squats. 25 press ups. 50 kettlebell swings. Pull ups to failure. 16 mins Yoga.

Post Workout Notes: Set alarm for 6am, but I didn’t get up to 6:20am. I enjoyed my strength session, it was quite tough. I will be able to increase the press ups eventually. The yoga video I picked from YouTube wasn’t very good, I will not be choosing that one again.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Other – Illness

Cancelled Strength Training

10 minutes meditation.

Post Workout Notes: I was going to do my strength circuit, but I felt dizzy and queasy. So I just did the meditation.



Completed: 2.86 mi ~ 42:12 (14:45 min/mi)

Post Workout Notes: A nice slow MAF run, with Heather. Using my new Freet barefoot running shoes. So had to take it easy, due to my recent calf injuries.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


Flexibility Training

10 minutes meditation. 18 minutes Yoga.

Completed: 30:00

Post Workout Notes: 10 minute meditation from my Calm app. Then I did a yoga session from YouTube, called ”yoga for runners 2 – warm down”. I gave it a go, to try to see if it was something I could do after a run. I enjoyed it, and I think it will be in my regular yoga rotation.

Thursday, October 6, 2016



Completed: 2.86 mi ~ 41:46 (14:36 min/mi)

Post Workout Notes: Another slow run. To keep building my barefoot running technique, and to protect my calves. Happy with both aspects.

Friday, October 7, 2016


Strength Training

Evening Strength and Flexibility Workout

10 minutes meditation. 50 lunges. 50 squats. 25 press ups. 50 kettlebell swings. Pull ups to failure. 20 mins Yoga.

Post Workout Notes: To do when I get home from work. Although I am suffering from a bit of a cold, I will still be able to do this workout.

Totals Weekly Milage – 10.72 miles

Walks: 5.00 mi

Runs: 5.72 mi ~ 1:23:58

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